Step Out for diabetes awareness this weekend

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Katie Schafer (left), 6, of Wheeling and Allison Harris (right), 6, of Arlington Heights cheer on the walking participants during The Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. | Buzz Orr~Sun-Times Media

The American Diabetes Association’s Step Out Chicago walk will be Oct. 20 at Soldier Field.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. with festivities ending at noon. The 3.2-mile walk will line the Chicago lakefront shore. Volunteers and walkers are needed.

The ADA reports that one in three children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime if current trends continue. The ratio is even greater for minority children with one in two developing diabetes in their lifetime.

The ADA is a nonprofit charity fighting against diabetes, a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert food into energy. Step Out Chicago is part of a series of ADA charity walks that aim to raise awareness and donations to stop diabetes. Chicagoland Tour de Cure is part of a series of fundraising cycling events held in 44 states nationwide to benefit the ADA. The Tour is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for everyone from the occasional rider to the experienced cyclist.

For more information, visit www.diabetes.org.